Nicolai Choi

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Trump’s coming war against Islam

Donald Trump is about to lead the West into the third and darkest phase of its 15-year quest to neutralize the threat of Islamic extremism. The first was George W. Bush’s freedom initiative, which posited that political liberalization in the Middle East’s rotting autocracies would dry up terrorist …

Donald Trump

Neo-Nazi group National Action banned by UK home secretary

Support for antisemitic white suprematist group outlawed under Amber Rudd move to proscribe it as a terrorist organisation<p>A neo-Nazi group that celebrated the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox is to become the first far-right group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the home …

Rights & Freedoms

The most powerful man in Poland

Jaroslaw Kaczynski pulls the political strings behind the scenes in Poland. How has a man who holds no formal office achieved such power?<p>Poland is …

Long before he was elected president, Rodrigo Duterte let Beijing know the South China Sea was theirs

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has made frequent appearances in the international headlines in the past few months. Since coming to power in late June, the former Davao City has mayor has come across as wildly unpredictable at times, with his coarse language, emotional outbursts, and his …

AP EXPLAINS: What we know about S. Korean political scandal

To outsiders, the frenzy that has erupted here may not seem to match this week's acknowledgment by South Korean President Park Geun-hye that she got help, including the editing of some of her speeches, from a mysterious woman outside of the government.<p>But Park's surprise televised address has …

Inside one of World War II’s most daring spy missions: The men who made OSS operations possible

In February 1945, a small group of personnel assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime spy agency, scrambled to prepare for a particularly risky mission: inserting a team of agents deep behind Nazi lines with the goal of gleaning crucial enemy information.<p>For a host of reasons, the …

Really awful people in Dostoevsky, DeLillo and beyond have some paradoxically endearing qualities. Debut novelist Heinz Helle explains why, and recommends some of the best of the worst<p>A hero used to be a perfect combination of properties we strive for: beauty, strength, courage, intellect. Those …

Literature